Who Guards the Guardians?

The Association of Lawyers for Children and the National Association of Guardians ad Litem and Reporting Officers respond to recent guidance given in the Central Family Court on the need for guardians to justify their attendance at care hearings save in specified circumstances.

Full article: Family Law Week

Press reporting of care proceedings

In this article we consider our recent experience of applying for, and securing, permission to report the details of care proceedings in the case of Tickle v Council of the Borough of North Tyneside & Others [2015] EWHC 2991 (Fam) (19 October 2015).

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Part III and the Maintenance Regulation: Clash of the Titans

Charles Hale QC and Henry Clayton, both of 4 Paper Buildings, outline the debate which the Court of Appeal declined to resolve in the recent case of Ramadani v Ramadani [2015] EWCA Civ 1138.

Full article: Family Law Week

MH v MH [2015] IEHC 771: The meaning of ‘lodge’ in Article 16 Brussels II Revised

Timothy Scott QC of 29 Bedford Row looks at the impact this Irish ruling may have on cases on the UK.

Full article: Family Law Hub

Unwritten Rules – large families in ToLATA cases

Samuel Littlejohns, barrister, 1 Hare Court, considers legal, evidential and practical problems that can arise in real property disputes where family members share property based on intentions and cultural understandings which do not easily fall within the classifications of English law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Re C (Internal relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305

The Court of Appeal has recently provided guidance about the principles that should be applied to applications for internal relocation in the case of Re C (Internal relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305. Charlotte Trace of 29 Bedford Row summarises the main points.

Full article: Family Law Hub

Nicky Morgan: delivering a revolution in children’s social care

Nicky Morgan sets out plans to transform children’s social work so that social workers can get it right for vulnerable children and families.

Full speech: Department for Education

Surrogacy Law Update (January 2016)

Andrew Powell, barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent developments in surrogacy law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Re N – Transfer of proceedings – When to make an application under Article 15

Dawn Tighe considers the recent case of  Re N Court of Appeal EWCA Civ 112 2015, determined by the Court of Appeal on 2nd November 2015 with regard to Article 15 applications.

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Incompetent reports on the CoP

The mainstream media has failed to grapple with basic facets of the court, such as capacity, the definition of 'vulnerable', and right to die, writes Barbara Rich.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Finance and Divorce Update January 2016

Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2015.

Full article: Family Law Week

Priority of proceedings under EU Brussels II: An Irish High Court decision may mean all change after 15 years of practice

On Wednesday 2 December 2015, Ireland’s High Court by its most senior family court judge, Mr Justice Henry Abbott, handed down a decision, just published, in an Anglo-Irish case which dramatically changes expectations of what is needed across the EU to gain priority of proceedings.

Full article: Family Law

The Race to Court under EU Brussels II: A New Approach?

Stuart Clark, an Associate at The International Family Law Group LLP, reports on a recent Irish case which could have important implications for the priority of divorce proceedings in international cases.

Full article: Family Law Week

From arbitrator’s award to consent order

The arbitrator has delivered the award in your financial remedy dispute. How then to obtain a consent order reflecting its terms?

Full article: Family Law

A baker's dozen of financial remedy cases (June to September 2015)

This article covers a selection of 13 of the more important financial remedy cases decided in the period from June until September 2015.

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Saleem, shivering and English winters: jurisdiction under Art 11 of the 1996 Hague Convention

On 25 November 2015, the Supreme Court gave judgment in the first case on the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (the 1996 Convention) to have come before it.

Full article: Family Law